“Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.”
Snake Handling Sight-Walkers
SNAKE HANDLING: No faith needed
From time to time, the Corporate Media will cover the phenomena in the apostate churches which goes by the name of “snake handling.”
The phenomena exists for the sole reason of bringing reproach on the name of Jesus Christ. Every time a snake handling hoodoo gets bitten and dies, the Corporate Media promotes it as some sort of “failure of God.”
It’s quite the opposite.
But snake handling is truly a sign of the times in which we live. A time of unbelievers demanding signs, miracles and wonders. Believers (who are walking by faith) need no signs of God’s power and protection.
Snake handlers are an offshoot of the Pentecostal movement.
“Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.” *
—1 Corinthians 10:9*
A few observations:
1- Snake handling is one of the logical conclusions of Pentecostalism.
2- Many in both movements hunger for a visible sign of God–which is the exact opposite of the “faith” both Pentecostals and snake handlers protest they are displaying. Faith is what makes believers certain of things we cannot see. If God is continually demonstrating His power, one does not need faith.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”
3- Snake handlers and almost all American churchgoers are sight-walkers.
“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
—2 Corinthians 5:7
4- Sight-walking is so prevalent in the American churches, it’s not recognized as such.
5- Snake handling is surely putting God to the test to show his power. This is something Scripture warns believers not to do.
Of course, those who pretend to be believers will have no qualms about tempting God. Which is exactly what snake handling is all about. How are snake handlers any different than Satan who tempted Jesus? Answer: they aren’t.
“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil.
And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
—Luke 4:1-2, 9-12
6- As stated, snake handling is a way to bring reproach upon the name of Jesus Christ. Whenever a snake-handling preacher gets bit and dies, the world heaps ridicule upon true believers. It matters not to the world that snake handlers are not true believers and are disobeying Scripture.
7- Snake handling (1911), like Westboro Baptist (1955), is a product of 20th century apostate American Christianity. Both have a goal–whether unknowingly or not- of bringing reproach to the name of Jesus Christ. Because they disparage Jesus, the Corporate Media will always promote both snake handlers and Westboro.
Both snake handlers and Westboro Baptist are tools–knowingly or not–of the mystery of iniquity.
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:”
—2 Thessalonians 2:7
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“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
—2 Corinthians 4:3
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Parts of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 25, 2014.]
* – Paul was not referring to snake handlers per se in 1 Corinthians 10:9. But who can know the many layers of meaning hidden in God’s Word?
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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